Extreme E is an international off-road racing series that uses spec electric SUVs to race in remote parts of the world. All racing locations are selected to raise awareness for some aspects of climate change and the innovative electric off-road racing championship maintains a “Legacy Programme” which intends to provide social and environmental support for those locations. The first season kicked off with the Saudi Arabia Desert X-Prix and Swiss luxury watchmaker Zenith was announced as Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner of Extreme E.
As Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner, Zenith provides live timing at each event directly to the Command Centre, the innovative pit wall and strategy room where key team players will be located on-site. Each driver pairing will race against the clock in a number of qualifying heats, with the fastest two teams progressing to the Final.
The margin of success in motorsport has always been measured against the stopwatch and that’s why I’m delighted that Zenith is joining as Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner. Zenith is a master of accuracy and a name recognised worldwide for timing and excellence. With only milliseconds the difference between victory and defeat, we can rely on Zenith’s chronometric precision throughout our first season of Extreme E. – Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E
The series also promotes gender equality in motorsport – all teams consist of a female and a male driver who share equal driving duties.
Building a green and sustainable future is something very much at the core of what Zenith is doing today. We are absolutely thrilled to join Extreme E as its Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner. It’s exciting to be at the start of what will undoubtedly become the future of off-road extreme racing, while also bringing environmental issues to the forefront. When developing our next collection that we will unveil in the coming days, this is exactly the kind of environment we envisioned for it: Innovative, off the beaten path and pushing the limits of performance to the extreme, where every millisecond counts and every racer can make their mark. – Julien Tornare, CEO of Zenith
In the Desert X Prix in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, each driver competed behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21, an electric SUV designed to conquer five environments – arctic glacier, desert, rainforest, and coastal.